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Finding the Christ Figure August 16, 2012

Filed under: Christian Culture — christical @ 10:30 am

Does every single story have to have a Christ figure?

Well, no, but it sure makes the story a whole lot more interesting.

What is a Christ figure, you ask? A Christ figure is a commonly-used literary technique so the authors can allude to Jesus Christ or a spiritual figure in their writing. It’s mostly used for a main character (like Neo in the Matrix movies), but it can also be used for a minor character (like Simon in Lord of the Flies).

The character corresponds in at least two ways. There are a few ways to do this, such as writing a scene/mentioning an instance in which the character:

  • Performs a miracle.
  • Heals others.
  • Fights for justice.
  • Displays forgiveness or great compassion.
  • Is guided by or by the spirit of their father.
  • Death/ressurection.

Of course, Christ figures are often martyrs. In many cases, they die for a huge cause.

If you want to practice writing a Christ figure character . . . Please never make their initials J.C. because the writers of the 1960’s and 1970’s did that so many times, it became laughable.

A few more Christ figures in media:

  • Sydney Carton, A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Santiago, The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
  • Aslan, The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Frodo Baggins, Lord of the Rings
  • Mufasa, The Lion King

Have a great Thursday.

–The Jesus Freak Girl


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